When you are faced with a missing tooth, there are a few options you can consider to restore your smile. Modern dental prosthetics offer a variety of viable solutions for people, regardless of age or budget.
Many people choose dental implants because they provide a high-quality, lasting solution to missing teeth. No more embarrassment. You will achieve a beautiful, top-of-the-line result and care-free function that can last for the rest of your life!
A dental implant is a “root” device, usually made of titanium, that is surgically placed below the gums into the jawbone. The implant is carefully and skillfully placed into the jaw where the natural root would have been. It is then left to integrate with the jawbone.
Once integrated, a crown, bridge, or denture is fixed onto the implant. Because the implant fuses to your bone, dental implant restorations feel and function more like natural teeth. Some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes, such as a bridge or dentures.
Titanium is used in this dental process as it is lightweight, durable, reliable, and it’s biocompatible. This means your body does not reject titanium, so both titanium and titanium alloy are used widely throughout bone implants.
Integration of the dental implant and jawbone allows for crowns, bridges, or dentures to fix onto the implant. This type of dental reconstruction functions as a permanent, aesthetically pleasing, alternative for natural teeth.
Not only can dental implants replace a lost tooth or teeth, but they also help the shape and density of the jawbone by supporting the facial structure and soft tissues around the gums, cheeks, and lips.
The functionality of implants help you to eat, chew, and have a natural-looking smile.
Before considering whether or not you may need dental implants, ask yourself these four questions:
If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, it might be time to speak with your dentist about dental implants. Read our guide about life before and after dental implants.
If there is not adequate bone to support implants (the bone is too thin, soft, or not enough) you may need to have a bone graft. Bone grafts are routine procedures that generate more bone in a particular region that aid an implant placement.
A thorough consultation with your dentist will be done before any procedures to see precisely which tooth replacement solution is best for you. These evaluations may include X-rays and CT scans to check bone density, as well as to look at oral hygiene, tissues, personal habits, and commitment to oral care after the procedure.
Check out 5 myths about dental implants, plus facts about how they work, look, and feel.
The cost of dental implants depends on multiple factors:
While it’s known that implants are more expensive than their alternatives of dentures and bridges, it’s likely that you may only need to have this procedure once in your lifetime.
Pricing varies on a case-to-case basis, but the average cost per-tooth ranges from $3,000 to $4,000. Although, if you’re considering a partial or full-mouth reconstruction, the cost can increase from $15,000 to $30,000. Again, it’s important to note that you most likely won’t need to have this procedure repeated, as they have the potential to last a lifetime.
Learn more about our payment methods which include flexible financing, extended payments, and our dental savings program.
Dental implants are a restoration process done by a dental team. They will assess and plan for the placement of a titanium post, abutment post, and an artificial tooth over the course of two to eight months.
Implants do require surgery, and we understand that there can be some anxiety associated with dental work. At Boger Dental, we offer sedation dentistry which includes:
Before your surgery, we suggest trying these these seven tips for calming dental anxiety.
Although the process is unique to each situation, here are five basic steps:
Implants offer a long-term investment that is worth smiling about, but there are a few health guidelines you’ll want to follow after surgery.
Two Weeks After Surgery: You’ll want to stick to softer foods for the first couple of weeks. There are lots of options out there, so you don’t have to eat ice cream 24/7. Always remember that even if you’re not hungry, you still need nutrition to help with healing.
Long-Term: Make sure that you keep up with your oral hygiene routine – brushing, flossing, and fluoride rinses are ways to ensure your implants last.
The majority of dental implants are successful, with a success rate of 95-98%, the Mayo Clinic states, “[dental implant] problems are rare [...] and when they do occur they’re usually minor and easily treated.”
Here are five tips to help keep your dental implants from failing:
Beyond the advantages, when you journey through your dental implant process with us, you won’t need to go to a specialist, as every step is done in our Plymouth, MN facility. You’ll be able to include the permanent solutions into your long-term dental plan and budget.
Finally, our experience and expertise in restorative and cosmetic dentistry is sure to bring you the results you desire—both in functionality and aesthetics. You’ll be on your way to smiling brighter when you choose the professionals at Boger Dental to be your dental implant specialists.
To learn more about tooth replacement solutions and to see if dental implants are right for you, please request a consultation online. If you'd rather speak on the phone, call (763) 546-7707. If you prefer email, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help!